Abuja - The Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders in Abuja on Tuesday adopted 180 as
minimum cut-off mark for admission into degree awarding institutions for 2015
The decision was made at the 2015 Combined Policy Meeting on
Admissions to Degree, Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) and National
Diploma (ND) held on Tuesday in Abuja.
The meeting also adopted 150 for NCE and ND awarding
institutions for the 2015 session.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who announced the
cut off marks to newsmen, said it was imperative for all higher institutions to
abide by the agreement and ensure its implementation.
"We have been able to decide the cut-off mark; it’s going
to be 180 for universities and 150 for non-degree institutions.
"However, we welcome the six new universities, which four
are for universities of education, one for petroleum and one for health
"We hope that our vice-chancellors, rectors and provosts
will stick to these decisions and implement accordingly so that by Oct. 31,
admission for 2015/2016 will be over.
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"The meeting also agreed that all stakeholders should stick
to the 60:40 Science/Arts ratio and 70:30 Technology/Non-Technology ratios for
Ojerinde urged the institutions to adhere strictly to the
admission ratio in order to promote technological development of the nation.
The JAMB boss said that one striking feature of the 2015
Compute Based Test (CBT) was the provisions made for physically challenged
candidates and prison inmates.
He said that for the first time in the region, Braille Note
were introduced for the virtually impaired, adding that many of them did well
in the CBT.
"Many of them scored above 200 in Law, Arts, Social
Sciences, Administration, among others. When we send them to you for admission,
please admit them.
"For Albinos, we increased the font of the letters so that
they could see and read; they were also given extra hours.
"Prison inmates also did the CBT in their yards; 208
inmates did the exam in Nigeria.’’
Earlier in his speech, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, the Permanent
Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, said that JAMB CBT had been tested
He commended JAMB for being innovative and bringing exam
models that were of international standards.
Nwaobiala said that tertiary education was very important as
it produced the manpower needed for economic development, hence the need for a
thorough admission procedure in higher institutions.
According to him, the Federal Government will pursue a
policy of non-discrimination between polytechnics and universities.
Prof. Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary, National
Universities Commission (NUC), on his part warned universities against
admitting students beyond their capacity.
He said that NUC would ensure that the new universities had all the required
facilities before taking off, adding that some of them might not take off in
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting
also had in attendance participants from National Board for Technical Education
(NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
Also in attendance were representatives of higher
institutions, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Public Complaints
No fewer than 1.4 million candidates sat for JAMB CBT which
was held from March 9 to March 21.